Glass reviews Danish skincare brand Ecooking

DANISH skincare brand Ecooking products, despite their simple Scandi-cool packaging, are far from pared down. Named Ecooking by its founder Tina Søgaard who developed the products – which are pure enough to eat hence the name – initially for herself as her “skin collapsed” after a personal crisis, and then produced more for her friends and family as they saw the improvement in her skin which led Søgaard into developing what was to become Ecooking. All the products in the line are full of organic and natural ingredients but the range “does not compromise on effect” and the founder asserts that “Ecooking is based on honesty and transparency” so each product has all its ingredients clearly labelled. The brand also is recognised by AllergyCertified as safe and skin friendly.

I was intrigued by the list of ingredients and after trying a selection – the Super Serum and the Day Cream – for two months, I have seen the results for myself. My laughter lines have not exactly vanished (why would I want them to?) but around my eye area, the delicate skin is visibly plumped, softer and more dewy feeling.

Ecooking Super SerumEcooking Super Serum

The secret of this Super Serum is the naturally derived active ingredients including the lesser known  pseudoalteromonas ferment extract; this is a strain of bacteria from mud (yes mud!) found on King George Island in Antarctica. It is a peptide that is classified as a protein containing three amino acid residues: glycine, histidine and lysine. Its anti-ageing properties are due its ability to regenerate and protect the skin by retaining moisture and water, heal wounds, increase collagen and elastin production and improve hydration.

As we age, the skin loses elasticity due to the decreased decorin, one of a number of molecules which regulate the production of collagen fibres. The other active ingredient tripeptide-10 citrulline is said to mimic decorin and trick the collagen fibres into thinking they should still be active.

The science behind the formula is there but this serum is also very gentle, leaves no sticky residue or tight feeling, and its super fast absorption means you can layer on the day cream right away.

Ecooking Super SerumEcooking Day Cream

Equally enriched with yummy ingredients, Ecooking’s Day Cream contains shea butter, wheat extract and a marine derived, hyper-water-retaining moisturiser, hyadisine – said by its creators to be even more effective in skin smoothing than hyaluronic acid. This delightfully rich yet lightweight cream leaves the skin feeling fresh, youthful and enveloped in the delicate, clean floral fragrance.

It is easy to recognise that this skin hero brand takes its name from Søgaard’s ecologically sound ideals, using ingredients for her skincare products that are so natural that they can be used in cooking. Totally delicious, this is Danish creativity at its best.

by Sarah Yapp

Ecooking is available at Cult Beauty and Look Fantastic in the UK.  Super Serum retails at £49 (20ml) and the Day Cream retails at £32 (50ml).

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